GM enables drivers to order espressos, pancakes from the road

Cesar Mills
December 7, 2017

In-car infotainment systems are becoming ever more advanced, and with the addition of Wi-Fi and LTE functionality comes the sort of features that were once restricted to smartphones. "Leveraging connectivity and our unique data capabilities, we have an opportunity to make every trip more productive and give our customers time back."GM says Marketplace uses machine learning from drivers' digital relationships with merchants and real-time information such as location, time of day and more, to offer "highly personalized experiences".

General Motors is launching Marketplace, a platform that will allow drivers to shop for goods and services from Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, and other businesses while driving. On Tuesday, the automaker announced GM Marketplace, a commerce platform for on-demand reservations and purchases run through your infortainment system, and it's coming to new and existing 2017 and 2018 model year GM vehicles.

Wingstop will allow you to skip the wait by re-ordering your favorites and paying ahead, so you can get home in time for the big game.

John Oliver questions Dustin Hoffman over sexual misconduct allegations
To this, Hoffman turned to Wag the Dog director Barry Levinson and dismissively asked, " Am I the powerful man? " . Hunter was 17 years old, and alleges that Hoffman harassed and assaulted her while she was interning on set.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford taking medical leave
Clifford, 56, was hired as head coach of the then-Bobcats in 2013 and led Charlotte to a playoff appearance in his first year. An indefinite timetable to return invites speculation about Clifford's health, and his status going forward.

Trump calls on Saudi Arabia to lift Yemen blockade
They briefly lost control of much of the city in the recent fighting with Saleh supporters before making a dramatic comeback. Witnesses said the bodies of slain civilians and fighters littered the streets as ambulances were unable to reach them.

Marketplace which was developed with IBM, will be immediately uploaded to about 1.9 million model-year 2017 and later vehicles, Reuters reported. But this ease of use may lead to people getting distracted while making transactions through Marketplace that they might not have otherwise made through their phone, resorting to the ancient method of waiting to arrive at their destinations instead. All U.S. states have some form of law against smartphone usage while operating a vehicle, but an estimated 660,000 drivers use cell phones at any given time during the day, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. They can also make a restaurant reservation or even buy chicken wings. Dunkin Donuts, Applebee's, TGI Fridays and IHOP are set to be featured alongside a list of other food options.

GM says no customer data will be shared with vendors with the customer's consent.

Drivers or passengers can select the Marketplace icon through the vehicle's infotainment system to select food, fuel info, and more with just a few swift taps on the screen. Vijay Iyer, a GM spokesman, told Bloomberg the service complies with voluntary driver-distraction guidelines that many automakers have agreed on. The apps also have limits to how many steps a user must complete to place an order, typically three to four, he said. Stay up to date with all the local news, weather and sports as well as live newscasts and events as they happen.

Other reports by GizPress

Discuss This Article